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Community Outreach

Bringing Colorectal Cancer Awareness to the Community

Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers teamed up with The Health Museum on March 14 for Cancer Connect: What You Need to Know About the Early Detection, Prevention and Treatment of Cancer. This free, community-wide event attracted over 130 guests who had the chance to visit with affiliated physicians inside the museum’s Body Worlds RX exhibit, pick up information at the cancer resource fair, and sit in on an educational panel.

Affiliated physicians Marianne V. Cusick, M.D., colon and rectal surgeon; Putao Cen, M.D., medical oncologist; and Sushovan Guha, M.D., gastroenterologist, discussed risk factors, screening methods and treatment options for colon cancer during the 45-minute panel, which was led by Sylvia Brown, M.S.N., RN, OCN, CNL, ONN-CG, Oncology Nurse Navigator at Memorial Hermann Cancer Center at the Texas Medical Center.

Other affiliated physicians that participated in the event include: Elizabeth Nugent, M.D., gynecologic oncologist; Jay-Jiguang Zhu, M.D., neuro-oncologist; Steven Schroder, M.D., orthopedic surgeon; Julie Rowe, M.D., medical oncologist; and Prakash Balan, M.D., cardiovascular disease specialist.

On April 1, Memorial Hermann Cancer Center-Memorial City hosted 34 members of the West Houston community for the Don’t Get Fooled by Colorectal Cancer seminar. In addition to a light brunch, attendees learned about screening and prevention methods for the prevention of colorectal cancer.

Affiliated physicians G.S. Ramesh, M.D., gastroenterologist; Matthew Spinn, M.D., gastroenterologist; J.R. Cali, M.D., colon and rectal surgeon; Mona Lisa Alattar, M.D., medical oncologist; and Shariq Khwaja, M.D., radiation oncologist, participated in the panel discussion.

Memorial Hermann Offers Free Cancer Screenings to the Community

Throughout the year, Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers host free cancer screenings for the community. On April 7, affiliated physicians from McGovern Medical School at UT Health’s department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, led by Ron J. Karni, M.D., screened 50 people as part of National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week.

On May 13, skin cancer screenings were conducted at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, Memorial Hermann-Memorial City Medical Center, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital as part of Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. Of a combined 174 people screened, 46 were referred for further exam and 26 were referred for biopsies.

There were 3 cases of suspected melanoma, 12 cases of suspected basal cell carcinoma, 76 cases of suspected seborrheic keratosis and 21 cases of suspected actinic keratosis.

Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers in the Community

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Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers welcomed cancer survivors and their caregivers to its annual National Cancer Survivors Celebration. Held on June 2 at The Westin Houston – Memorial City, this year’s theme was Sock it to Cancer: Memorial Hermann’s Cancer Survivors’ Sock Hop Celebration. More than 200 guests dined on a health lunch, explored our cancer resource fair, “rocked around the clock” and enjoyed a keynote by award-winning comedian and cancer survivor Scott Burton.

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Jessica Burgess B.S.N., RN, OCN, ONN-CG; Chelsea Cappelle, MS, RD, LD; and Megan Tomczyszyn MS, RD, LD, ACSM-CPT at April 1’s Don’t Get Fooled by Colorectal Cancer seminar at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center.

Affiliated physicians G.S. Ramesh, M.D., gastroenterologist; Matthew Spinn, M.D., gastroenterologist; Mona Lisa Alattar, M.D., medical oncologist; and J.R. Cali, M.D., colon and rectal surgeon, participated in Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center’s Don’t Get Fooled By Colorectal Cancer seminar on April 1.

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Affiliated physicians Sushovan Guha, M.D., gastroenterologist; Marianne V. Cusick, M.D., colon & rectal surgeon; and Putao Cen, M.D., medical oncologist, discussed risk factors, screening methods and treatment options for colon cancer during Cancer Connect on March 14 at The Health Museum. The panel was moderated by Sylvia Brown, M.S., RN, OCN, CNL, ONN-CG, Oncology Nurse Navigator at Memorial Hermann Cancer Center at the Texas Medical Center.

 Affiliated gynecologic oncologist Joseph A. Lucci, III, M.D. and Judith Smith, Pharm.D., BCOP, CPHQ, FCCP, FISOPP, director of the Women’s Health Integrative Medicine Research Program at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, participated in the Avon 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer on April 21-22 in Houston.